Extreme drought is now taking a hold of England and Wales. According to the country’s Environment Agency, eight out of fourteen regions are now in a serious drought. The impacted regions include Devon and Cornwall, Solent and South Downs, Kent and south London, Herts and north London, East Anglia, Thames, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and the east Midlands.
The situation is so grim, farmers are calling for “hosepipe bans” that would stop people from watering their lawns, filling their pools, and cleaning their cars. As water supplies are cut, insiders predict a catastrophic 50 percent CROP FAILURE across all of England. These are the concerns of the National Drought Group, who wrote about impending crop failures in now leaked documents.
Crop failures on the horizon, as severe drought takes hold of England
In the leaked documents, farmers warn that the potato crop will likely be halved this year because they cannot effectively irrigate their fields. The farmers warn that “irrigation options are diminishing with reservoirs being emptied fast.” The farmers warn that their most drought-tolerant crops are already failing, including drought-resistant maize. The crop losses are expected to impact staple food items such as carrots, onions, sugar beets, apples, and hops. The issue is compounded by excessive wildfires, which are taking advantage of the dry conditions and putting large areas of farmland at risk.
Some farmers are abandoning their planting season because there isn’t enough water to keep the crops alive anyway. Farmers are also expected to slaughter their livestock earlier this year, because they do not have enough feed to last through the winter.
Tom Bradshaw, the deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), believes its time for the government to intervene and force water companies to cut back on consumer water supplies.
The drought is most serious in East Anglia, where two thirds of the nation’s sugar beet crop and one third of its potato crop are produced. Bradshaw said the government should intervene and prioritize food production. “We have members who can’t abstract irrigation water but still in East Anglia there is no hosepipe ban,” Bradshaw said, “We can’t believe that we aren’t allowed to irrigate to grow the fruit and vegetables the country needs but there is no ban on excessive consumer use.”
Water restrictions coming for consumers across England and Wales
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T.H.E.Y. murdered Muammar Gaddafi whom they could have learned something from:
Contrary to common belief, the most important riches of Libya are not the oil wells, but water. The world’s biggest reservoirs of fossil freshwater lie below its desert. Through an extensive pipeline system, these aquifers provide the country with water for consumption and agriculture. The so-called “Great Man-Made River” is the world’s largest irrigation project.
On 28 August 1984, Muammar Gaddafi, the dictator who was toppled and killed in 2011, laid the foundation stone in Sarir. The plan was to drill 1,350 wells across the four basins.